Condo Refresh

With summer vacation days coming to a close, condo owners are assessing their rentals and looking to refresh their properties to get more bang for their buck next year.  I don't know about you, but one of the main things I look at when renting a condo (next to location) is the style of the place.  If you're going away, you'd like it to be a place you want to relax, right?  A place you want to spend time.  A place to make you feel like you're on a vacation.  

A few design updates can go a long way when sprucing up a condo.  And thinking outside of the coastal cookie cutter box can make your condo stand out among the rest of the competition. 

Here a condo E-Design we recently completed.  They didn't need a full overhaul-just a little refresh, and we were more than happy to oblige.

With a great neutral backdrop to start, all we had to do was add in a few new pieces to bring this place back to life.  We suggested updating the kitchen with a new backsplash in these coastal blue arabesque tiles and replacing the existing can lights over the bar with these antique nickel pendants.  Finishing off the updated kitchen, we suggested using these modern, easy to clean acrylic bar stools in lieu of the dated wooden ones they had.

In the living area we added in a durable seagrass rug one size larger than their existing one (scale is huge), brought in some new pillows for their existing slipcovered sofa and added some blue lamps.  The blue color and acrylic base of the lamps tie into the tile and barstools in the adjoining kitchen, and the fabric on the pillows (great for camouflaging stains) has a coral inspired look with a slightly unexpected color palette. Update complete!

If you're looking to update your condo or rental, here are a few things to consider giving a "refresh"--

  • lighting
  • pillows
  • wall paint colors
  • hardware
  • backsplash
  • rugs

And if you have no idea where to start, contact us and read more about our E-Design process here.  We'd love to help!

Client Project - A Farmhouse E-Design

We wrapped up a huge great room design in a beautiful Alabama farmhouse last month and have been dying to share it with you guys.  Dana previewed a little tease of it here, but today we’re showing you the rest.

Our sweet clients had just moved into their new home a couple of weeks before we went for the consultation.  We had seen some photos of the house through email but we couldn’t really get a grasp of its openness and amazing views of their man-made lake and 3 acres below.

Look at that view.  (pardon the boxes and such...they had just moved in)

View standing in the living room and looking back into the kitchen.  Don't you just love all of the openness?

Our clients told us they liked cool, soothing colors and wanted a design that would work with the aesthetic of the farmhouse and also be comfortable and durable for their young family.

We got to work by first selecting new paint colors for the walls and built-ins and then sent over some sofa options.  Due to a long wait time on a custom sofa, the clients ultimately had to select one in town that fit their needs.  We still got to “go shopping” with them virtually and added their newly selected sofa and loveseat to the design foundation.  As you can see below, we also presented them with a couple of options for a coffee table as well.

The entry is right off of the living room so we brought some of the rustic elements and the same color palette to this side of the room.

n the dining room we suggested all new furniture to tie in with the rest of the space.  We chose more colorful window treatments and accessories to bring some life to this side of the room.

We love supplying our clients with not only mood boards and items suggestions but also elevations so they can actually visualize the scale and look of the new pieces in the space.

Directly across from the dining room was an unassigned space where we created a seating area.  The clients had some slipper chairs that they wanted to recover so we supplied fabric and pillow options to complete the look.



Aside from the large great room, we also supplied tile backsplash ideas for the kitchen to be used at a later date and included some suggestions for finishing off their master bedroom. They need bedding suggestions to match their existing duvet and a remedy for covering a mid-height wall outlet.

It was so great to work in a home where we could really tie each room together and supply the homeowners with a look they’ve been hoping to achieve.  We’ve already seen a couple of the progress pictures and can’t wait to see the finished product!

If we can help you finish off a troublesome space (or spaces), please let us know!  Whether it's a few styling suggestions and paint colors or a newly designed room, we can help.  Go here and fill out our design questionnaire at the bottom of the page to begin.

California Layered Living Room E-Design

A couple of months ago, we launched a survey for our clients and readers. One of the questions we asked was "What room in your home would you most likely redo using our E-Design service?"

Even with nine other room options, the Living Room won out with over 50% of the results.

It makes sense.  This is the room where people typically spend most of their time at home.  It is the center of the home.  So naturally, you'd want that room to feel the best, right?  You'd want it to be stylish, comfortable and most importantly, like "you."

We recently completed a living room design for a family in California.  They had some great pieces (and style) to start but needed our help with some big ticket items, paint and accessories.

We created a relaxed, layered look to go with their eclectic style and love the way it turned out.  We started with a large sisal rug to anchor the space and topped with a softer, more colorful dhurrie.  We brought in a classic sofa and some large textured lamps for the iron console.  We added some more color and pattern with new toss pillows and a throw.

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lamps // mirror // paint // lattice pillow // stripe pillow // console // throw // side table // sofa // sisal rug // dhurrie rug

I fell in love with the leather topped side table when I first saw it in the Manhattan apartment of Casey Smith on Domaine Home and have been waiting for the perfect home to get to use it.  

I think the design turned out to be a pretty cool space that I would love to hang out myself, and hopefully this family will get to enjoy their living room even more now!

If you have a space in your home in need of a little help (it doesn't have to be a full makeover--that's the beauty of design), drop us a line.  We'd be glad to help!

Before and After of Ellen Pompeo's Trailer

I am a real sucker for "Before and Afters".  There's just something so inspiring about seeing a space brought back to life.  And the best part is that most of the time, the transformation doesn't require that much.  If you enlist the help of a designer, you can get your money back ten-fold in the result.  Designing is what we do for a living.  This is how we think.  You wouldn't go to the doctor for a hair color would you?  No, you go to the people with the right knowledge to get you the right results.  If you can relinquish some control and ask the professionals, you can end up with a room that you'll love!  Okay, enough about that.  Let's take a look at this fabulous makeover that got me all fired up!  

This trailer belongs to actress Ellen Pompeo from Grey's Anatomy.  Prior to breathing new life into the space, Ellen commented that the trailer was "depressing," not the adjective you want to  describe where you spend most of your time.  Your home (or in her case, home away from home) is supposed to be your place of rest, relaxation and happiness so don't settle for a place that you don't enjoy!  That's what Pompeo decided when she enlisted the help of celebrity interior designers Mat Sanders and Estee Stanley, from Domain Home.  The amazing results speak for themselves.





The whole trailer was painted in Ralph Lauren Paint Starch (#RL1066) by Home Depot.  The new, light and bright walls truly woke up the space.  This is yet another example of how a simple paint job can truly transform a room.





Lighting is also another way to make a great impact.  These black porcelain ones from School House Electric were the perfect update for the tired, old fixtures.

I also love the bar cart they brought in.  Here's another closeup shot of it.  If you follow our blog regularly, you know I love a beautifully styled bar cart (as discussed here) so this one did not disappoint.  

That green velvet settee really got me too.  It reminds me of the green velvet sofa I have in Auden's nursery. And that stripe tassel throw isn't so bad either.  





It's a beautiful new space isn't it?  For all of the details on Pompeo's trailer as well as where to get the items you see, go here.  Many of the items were very budget-friendly.  And thankfully, Domain Home is always so great to list their sources.

If you have a space that could use a makeover, let us know how we can help!  Our E-Design process is so easy...and Christmas is right around the corner.  A new room would make a great gift for yourself, your family or your spouse!